“Wild Art” refers to work that exists outside the established, rarified world of art galleries and cultural channels. It encompasses uncatalogued, uncommodified art not often recognized as such, from graffiti to performance, self-adornment, and beyond. Picking up from their breakthrough book on the subject, Wild Art, David Carrier and Joachim Pissarro here delve into the ideas driving these forms of art, inquire how it came to be marginalized, and advocate for a definition of “taste,” one in which each expression is acknowledged as being different while deserving equal merit.
Arguing that both the “art world” and “wild art” have the same capacity to produce aesthetic joy, Carrier and Pissarro contend that watching skateboarders perform Christ Air, for example, produces the same sublime experience in one audience that another enjoys while taking in a ballet; therefore, both mediums deserve careful reconsideration. In making their case, the two provide a history of the institutionalization of “taste” in Western thought, point to missed opportunities for its democratization in the past, and demonstrate how the recognition and acceptance of “wild art” in the present will radically transform our understanding of contemporary visual art in the future.
Provocative and optimistic, Aesthetics of the Margins / The Margins of Aesthetics rejects the concept of “kitsch” and the high/low art binary, ultimately challenging the art world to become a larger and more inclusive place.
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About the Author
Joachim Pissarro is an art historian, theoretician, and the Bershad Professor of Art History and Director of the Hunter College Art Galleries. He previously served as curator at The Museum of Modern Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. His publication and curatorial projects include Cézanne/Pissarro, Johns/Rauschenberg: Comparative Studies on Intersubjectivity in Modern Art; Jeff Koons: The Painter and the Sculptor; Martin Creed: What’s the Point of It?; Joseph Beuys: Set Between One and All; and Notations: The Cage Effect Today.
Table of ContentsContents
List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Modern Foundations of the Art World2. The Classical Model: Dogmatism and Alternative Models of Looking3. Dawn of Modernity4. The Wise, the Ignorant, and the Possibility of an Art World that Transcends This Divide5. The Antinomy of Taste and Its Solution: Variations on a Theme by Duchamp6. The Museum Era7. Institution of Art History8. Art Beyond the Boundaries of the Art World9. The Fluid Nature of Aesthetic Judgments10. Kitsch, a Nonconcept: A Genealogy of the IndesignatableConclusionNotesSelected BibliographyIndex